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Asian American Press on Cedar Rapids native: ‘Captain David Harold Kouba – hero of Hmong Secret CIA War dies’ July 29, 2008

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From Asian American Press:

David H. Kouba was born on July 11, 1938 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was the oldest son of Harold Louis Kouba and Vida Eileen Vernon.

Upon graduation from Alburnett High School in 1957, Kouba entered college at Fayette, IA. …

By May 14, 1975, he was among the few remaining American civilian pilots in Southeast Asia. A Top Secret mission was given to Captain Kouba and chopper pilot Jack Knotts. They were given the task of flying the last “upcountry” mission to evacuate Jerry Daniels (Hog), who was a CIA Case Officer, and Major General Vang Pao (VP), commander of Military Region 2 of the Royal Lao Army, out of their headquarters at Long Cheng. …

Kouba placed this entry in his log book: “Arrived at Long Chieng at dawn to evacuate General Vang Pao and head customer “Hog”. All was in turmoil. Danang, Vietnam all over. Meos were beginning to mob aircraft. We took off at 10:47 and this ended the Secret CIA base of Long Chieng, Laos.” …

More from Guardian (UK) on Kouba’s Iowa family:

Kathy Sankey and Rick Langguth, Kouba’s half-brother and half-sister, travelled from Iowa to attend the Hmong community’s homage to Kouba. Sankey, who was 11 years younger than Kouba, said in an interview that she, like most Americans, had known little about his exploits during the secret war. He returned to Iowa in 2004, but her account Sunday was still sketchy. This was, after all, a secret war.

“We didn’t know he was in the secret war,” she said. “We were aware he was dropping food and supplies for the people.” …

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